The small Christian Science Monitor, known historically for its excellent foreign coverage, has a pretty good take on the national elections this weekend in Turkey and what it may mean for the important secular tradition of government in that mostly Muslim country. Turkey is one more place that should have been getting more attention from U.S. policy makers but hasn't because of the attention required by the war in Iraq.
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A PRIMER ON SOME SEXUAL ISSUES
Regular readers of this blog know that from time to time I write about how various religions, especially Christianity, view homosexuality.
They also know that my personal position, based on careful reading and study of the Bible, is different from the position of my denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA). I believe otherwise-qualified gays and lesbians should be eligible for ordination to be church officers and clergy. The church forbids that now.
But from time to time I run across resources that can help all of us think about this matter. A Web site, and related book, I found recently is called Gay Christian 101.
The Web site, which contains quite a bit of information about various biblical passages and their meaning, also promotes a book by Rick Brentlinger, also called Gay Christian 101.
The book, which I have not read, offers the author's views about why homosexuals should understand that God loves them and that they should be fully part of the Christian community.
Well, look, I'm not much interested in provoking more angry arguments about this subject. Rather, I just encourage you to visit the site and see if you discover some fresh way of thinking about this matter -- an issue I consider important, but certainly not the most important one facing people of faith today.
(By the way, for something related to this issue but from the other end of the spectrum, you might be interested in hearing Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, talk about why federal hate crimes -- or, in his words, "thought crimes" -- legislation really wants to target Christians who wish to make public their view that homosexuality is a perversion of biblical teaching.)
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Today's religious holiday: Pioneer Day (Mormonism); Tisha B'Av (Judaism)